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Petroc runs Athlete Ambition programme to develop future Olympians

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

YOUNG ATHLETES: School pupils at Petroc's first Athlete Ambition session with Charlie Smith and Tim Newton (far right) from the college.

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STAFF at Petroc want to bring on a new generation of Olympians.

They have set up the Athlete Ambition programme for young sports people in North Devon.

Sessions are being held at Falcons Gymnastics Academy, Barnstaple, for a selection of Year 10 and 11 pupils who aspire to compete for their country.

The first session was attended by children from Braunton Academy, Bideford College, Kingsley School, Pilton Community College and Ilfracombe Arts College.

They learnt about the discipline and focus needed to become an Olympian.

Charlie Smith, a Petroc sports lecturer who is leading the programme, said: "All the pupils responded incredibly positively and seemed to enjoy the session – we have some serious talent in North Devon."

Future sessions will be held on December 6, March 14 and June 27. For more details, call Rosa Boston on 01271 338112 or e-mail rosa.boston@petroc.ac.uk

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